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The Importance of Cash-Flow News for Financially Distressed Firms


  • Assaf Eisdorfer


Previous studies have shown that stock prices are moved primarily by news about discount rates (expected returns). I argue that when a firm experiences financial distress, news about cashflows becomes more dominant in driving its stock returns. Applying Campbell's (1991) variance decomposition framework to financially distressed firms supports this argument. Furthermore, I find that more bankruptcies occur after negative shocks to expected cashflows than after positive shocks to discount rates; and that stock prices of distressed firms are less sensitive than those of sound firms to changes in equity risk. Copyright (c) 2007 Financial Management Association International.

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  • Assaf Eisdorfer, 2007. "The Importance of Cash-Flow News for Financially Distressed Firms," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 36(3), pages 33-48, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:finmgt:v:36:y:2007:i:3:p:33-48

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